Capcom had taken a risk last year with a new IP with Dragon's Dogma. According to Polygon, Capcom has announced through Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that the next game in the series, dubbed Dragon's Dogma Quest, will be a free-to-play game and it will be exclusive to the PlayStation Vita.
"In the beginning, it was a product to see if we could make an RPG in a short time," Executive Producer Hideaki Itsuno told Famitsu. "But since nearly the entire team was involved with production on Dragon's Dogma, we saw the game as a new Dragon's Dogma game as we approached completion."
A screenshot from the first Dragon's Dogma
The game will be a downloadable title with 2D graphics. The gameplay will have a more straightforward RPG system instead of the action-oriented system of the previous game.
While the plot is very similar to the first game, Dragon's Dogma Quest will take place in a new world—the kingdom of Latania. Players will once again control an "Arisen", who, much like the previous game, will have the power to control AI-controlled party members that are referred to in the game as pawns.
The battle system of the game allows parties of up to eight pawns. Out of these, four can be your own and four will be from your friends' parties. A lot of the game's focus will lie in the tactics and strategy for picking the right combination of pawns.
The game will be launched as a free downloadable title in Japan and will be getting regular content updates. The company hasn't mentioned how it plans to monetise the game, but microtransactions seem to be a safe bet.